Thursday, June 8, 2017

Cover Reveal: ROSEMARKED by Livia Blackburne

Happy Thursday, y'all!  I'm so excited to help share the cover of ROSEMARKED! I absolutely cannot wait for this one!
A healer who cannot be healed . . .
When Zivah falls prey to the deadly rose plague, she knows it’s only a matter of time before she fully succumbs. Now she’s destined to live her last days in isolation, cut off from her people and unable to practice her art-until a threat to her village creates a need that only she can fill.
A soldier shattered by war . . .
Broken by torture at the hands of the Amparan Empire, Dineas thirsts for revenge against his captors. Now escaped and reunited with his tribe, he’ll do anything to free them from Amparan rule-even if it means undertaking a plan that risks not only his life but his very self.
Thrust together on a high-stakes mission to spy on the capital, the two couldn’t be more different: Zivah, deeply committed to her vow of healing, and Dineas, yearning for vengeance. But as they grow closer, they must find common ground to protect those they love. And amidst the constant fear of discovery, the two grapple with a mutual attraction that could break both of their carefully guarded hearts.
This smart, sweeping fantasy with a political edge and a slow-burning romance will capture fans of The Lumatere Chronicles and An Ember in the Ashes.


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Thursday, May 25, 2017

{ARC Review} The Hearts We Sold

The Hearts We Sold
Author: Emily Lloyd-Jones
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
When Dee Moreno makes a deal with a demon—her heart in exchange for an escape from a disastrous home life—she finds the trade may have been more than she bargained for. And becoming “heartless” is only the beginning. What lies ahead is a nightmare far bigger, far more monstrous than anything she could have ever imagined.

With reality turned on its head, Dee has only a group of other deal-making teens to keep her grounded, including the charming but secretive James Lancer. And as something grows between them amid an otherworldy ordeal, Dee begins to wonder: Can she give someone her heart when it’s no longer hers to give?

I feel as though The Hearts We Sold is totally going to be made into a CW TV show. It has that action-romance-demon formula that just works for TV shows, ya know?

This novel had a SUPER interesting concept that intrigued me straightaway. In the book you can sell a piece of yourself for a wish. Yes, you read that correctly. Want a million dollars? Artistic talents? Mad cooking skills? All it's going to cost you is, oh, just your left leg...or your eyeballs, or both arms—whatever the demon you’re dealing with deems necessary for the trade. CRAZY RIGHT?!

In addition to the demons, there were also these scary, nasty, giant, mismatched body part monster things that *shudders* were a lot to take in, yet totally cool!?

As for the main character, Dee, I actually really enjoyed her point of view. She was funny, she was shy, she was thoughtful and tough--everything I like in a main character.

So, why the low rating you ask? The world building wasn't as detailed as I would've liked. The storyline dragged in certain places. All the other characters fell flat. And, the romance element of the story felt off to me. Dee and James (her "love interest") had no spark. Their relationship seemed forced**


A-double-plus for the STUNNING COVER and fascinating concept. D-double-minus for the less than ideal execution. (ouch-wow-rude.)

**please google "now kiss, meme."

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:


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YASSSS! I'm already completely in love with this book. HA! I adored the first installment (RIDEN *SUH-WOON*) so I canNOT wait for the sequel! 

What are YOU waiting on this week? Link up below!  


Sunday, May 7, 2017

The Traitor's Kiss Blog Tour: INTERVIEW WITH SAGE +Giveaway


Welcome back to The Traitor's Kiss blog tour! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you get to know Sage a little better after reading her interview! Be sure to scroll to the end for the secret message!

The Traitor's Kiss (Traitor's Trilogy, #1)

About the book

Title: The Traitor's Kiss
Author: Erin Beaty
Pub. Date: May 9th
Publisher: Imprint
An obstinate girl who will not be married. 
A soldier desperate to prove himself. 
A kingdom on the brink of war.

With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.

As the girls' military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.

Interview Time

Hi Sage! Thank you for talking with me. So, what do you enjoy most about the matchmaking process? (If anything, that is!)
Sage: I actually like figuring people out. If you can discover why people act the way they do, you get a better sense of how they will act in the future. I’ve also learned that what people want is not the same as what they need, and the former has to be handled delicately in order to make a match work. My experience is pretty limited – I’ve only apprenticed with the matchmaker about six months – but I’ve seen a couple matches come to fruition and watched each person blossom under it. 
Sage, you know I HAVE to ask, how is it having all of those hunky military men around?
 Sage: I envy them and their sense of purpose. They’re part of something so much bigger than themselves, and they don’t waste time on silly matters. They make history, not just read about it.

Wait. You’re asking about their looks and flirting? Um. They don’t really pay attention to us, though I love watching Jacqueline and her followers bat their eyes and sway their hips without getting a reaction.

As for “hunky,” they’re just men. The world is half full of them. Ash Carter is better than most, though, and he has that swarthy Aristelan look that stands out on this side of the mountains. 

If you had to choose your code name, what would it be and why?
Sage: Just about everything I think of sounds either pretentious or obvious. Teacher? My friendship with Ash started with me teaching him to read (the how and why being way too long of a story to get into right now), so that seems appropriate. All the soldiers would probably know who it meant even if they weren’t told. Sounds kind of boring, though. I like birds – how about Sparrow? Small, unobtrusive, easily ignored, but all the while snatching up the crumbs you drop. Sparrow’s good.
If you were stranded in a foreign Kingdown, what 3 things would you hope to have with you?
Sage: My sling, a good knife, and a sewing kit to mend or adjust any clothes I had to steal or make into useful items.

QUICK ROUND! 
 Relaxing Evening or Daytime Adventure?
Sage: Daytime Adventure, but I’m up for Evening Adventure, too. Not that kind – I’m not a harlot.

Sweet or Savory?

Sage: Savory. 

Reading or Teaching?

Sage: Yes. 

The Secret Message is:

 "Brownish hair, simpler styling but messy "

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine! And this week i am waiting on:

Bad Girls with Perfect Faces
Bad girls get it done.

Sasha’s all-time favorite person is her best friend Xavier. He’s smart, funny, and strange. He’s not just nice but kind. He’s endlessly forgiving, even when maybe he shouldn’t be.

So when Xavier lets his ex, Ivy, slither her way back into his life, Sasha knows she needs to protect him. And not just because she can’t stop thinking about the night she and Xavier almost shared a rum-soaked kiss. No, it’s because Ivy is poisonous. The last time they were together, Ivy cheated on Xavier and he just barely survived.

Sasha has a plan: pose online as a guy to seduce Ivy, proving that cheaters never change. But she soon learns to be careful who you pretend to be—because you can never truly know the darkness inside of someone. Including yourself.

Told in multiple points of view.~Goodreads

I AM ALL OVER A CAT FISH SITUATION, LIKE, YAASSS! This sounds so good. Also, MULTIPLE POV!! 

What are YOU waiting on this week!?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

{ARC Review} The Possible

The Possible
The Possible
Author: Tara Altebrando
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
What if...no one knows the truth about you? 

It's been thirteen years since Kaylee's infamous birth mother, Crystal, received a life sentence for killing Kaylee's little brother in a fit of rage. Once the center of a cult-following for her apparent telekinetic powers, nowadays nobody's heard of Crystal. Until now, when a reporter shows up at Kaylee's house and turns her life upside down, offering Kaylee the chance to be part of a high-profile podcast investigating claims that Crystal truly did have supernatural mind powers. But these questions lead to disturbing answers as Kaylee is forced to examine her own increasingly strange life, and make sense of certain dark and troubling coincidences... ~Goodreads

I picked this book up on a rainy Sunday morning and finished it in the same afternoon, it was SO intriguing!

I loved how the plot kept me invested. There were so many things that kept hinting at Kaylee having telekinetic powers YET AT THE SAME TIME MAYBE THEY were just coincidences?! I NEEDED TO FIND OUT SO I JUST KEPT FLIP FLIP FLIPPING!

+10 for the Monster High reference!
-11 for the overly obsessive crush Kaylee had on this dude, Bennett. It just seemed out of nowhere, I felt like I was missing a piece of why/how she started having such strong feelings for him? I mean, were we even supposed to LIKE this dude? Because I totally did not.

Kaylee's best friends, on the other hand, were awesome! I love the type of friends who aren't afraid to give the MC shit or tell them when they're being cray. Aiden and Chiara are these friends. As for Kaylee, herself, I liked her well enough. She definitely had some faults (who doesn't!) but she was a pretty decent main character for the most part. 

Overall, I enjoyed the story! If you like a good mysterious page turner, then this one is for you too! 


Monday, April 17, 2017

{ARC Review} The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue
Author: Mackenzi Lee
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
An unforgettable tale of two friends on their Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe who stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt, fighting pirates, highwaymen, and their feelings for each other along the way.
[WARNING: Fan girl rant review ahead.]

YES. JUST YES.

This story had me hooked with its very first sentence. Gentleman's Guide is full of adventure and sexual tension and wit and sexual tension and danger and DID I MENTION THE TENSION?

A+ CHARACTERS. I CAN'T EVEN. Monty is a hot mess, yet it's in the most endearing way possible.  He has got to be one of the sassiest, most sarcastic, sexed up lads out there but it's impossible not to be reeled in by those dimples! CAN YOU SAY CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT?! Holy Gods. Yes, Mackenzi, yes! This boy is the most intriguing onion. I'd love to hang out with him! He'd totally drink me under the table though, and probably attempt to *do* something under the table....

Speaking of under the table....FOOTSY. Footsy that I DON'T think was QUITE an accident. Oh, Percy, you sweet, sweet bloke you. He needs a prequel or a sequel, ANYTHING, I need more of this adorable and intelligent boy in my life.

The Percy/Monty ship is REAL you guise. I CAN'T. Just OH MY GOD. KISS YOU BRITISH BASTARDS.

I was all for the SEXUALLY CHARGED romance in this story, the freaking badass adventure, and the MYSTERY OF IT ALL. Yes.

Also, SHOUT OUT to my girl Felicity for being a smart lass who don't take no shit!

MORE MORE MORE MORE MORE! please and thanks.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Character Interview + ARC GIVEAWAY!

The Best Kind of MagicI absolutely ADORED The Best Kind of Magic by Crystal Cestari, and I adored the main character from the novel, Amber, even more!

Amber, the awesome-sauce girl that she is, agreed to stop by the blog and answer a few questions! Enjoy! 


Hey Amber! Thank you so much for stopping by! I know you're a busy gal, so let's get right to it! 
What's your favorite thing about working at Windy City Magic?
Amber: Tourists always seem surprised that we sell actual magic. I once warned a suburbanite not to use more than a drop of our hair-growing tonic on his bald spot, but apparently he didn't believe me, and came back a week later with a Rapunzel-style mullet. He was really mad and I couldn't stop laughing. Ah, memories. 
If you were turned into a dessert, what would you be and why?
Amber: Oh man, the most difficult question of all time! Wow. While I'd like to say I'd be something fluffy and light like a donut or angel food cake, let's be real; that's not me. No, I'm something complicated and semi-annoying to make, like a creme brulee: if you don't handle me right, I'll curdle. Also, I definitely have a thick outer shell. 
I know you and your mom don't always see eye to eye, but, what is one thing you admire most about her? 
Amber: What impresses me most is her restraint. If I were a witch, I would abuse that power to no end. Feeling like a snack, but don't want to get off the couch? I'd float the fridge over my way. Tired of teachers yapping about nothing? Boom, silencing spell. (it's probably for the best that I'm not a witch)
Do you have any hidden talents? (Besides the obvious!) 
Amber: If being picked last for any sort of sport or school project counts, then yes.
If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
Amber: My best friend, Amani, to keep me sane.
A blanket, to keep me from waking up with sand in my eyes and other uncomfortable places. 

A portal charm from my mom's secret supply chest, to get out of there. Wait, is that cheating? 

FAST ROUND
Early bird or night owl? 
Night owl for sure... are there people who are early birds? Sounds terrible. 

Celebrity crush?
I don't really know a lot of celebrities... does Mary Berry count?

Teleportation or Telekinesis?
Since I already spend a lot of time invading people's brain space without them knowing, I'm gonna go with teleportation on this one. It would be pretty sweet to pop in and out of bakeries around the world at a moment's notice--pun intended! 

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Friday, March 3, 2017

{ARC Review} Alex, Approximately + PRE- ORDER Giveaway

Alex, Approximately
Alex, Approximately
Author: Jenn Bennett
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.~Goodreads.
Oh. My. Sweet. Holy. Gods. You guys. THIS BOOK.
I can’t. I can’t even.

I absolutely could NOT put this book down. There is not a single thing I didn’t adore about it. Alex, Approximately was the epitome of a perfect contemporary.

Bailey’s point of view was relatable, engaging, and over all just freaking awesome. This girl has an epic sense of style, she’s sassy as heck and she’s a total movie buff, it’s impossible not to like her!  I LOVED how she had to get a summer job, not this whole, “girl moves to beach, spends all her time at the beach, never has to work” kind of business. Her job?! The Cavern Palace, was so freaking cool.

Then, there is Porter. Guys. YOU GUYS. This boy!!! He is SO damn cocky. And it’s so damn sexy. NOT TO MENTION, he is smart as hell, talented as eff and built like a sun-kissed, God. The boy is a surfer AND a security guard, can you say TOTAL SEX POT?! He is hardworking, loyal, patient and OH MY GOD. JUST. I CAN’T. I loved how layered he was.

Put him and Bailey together—BAM—MAGIC. Sexually charged MAGIC. Watching their relationship develop was the most frustrating/satisfying thing I’ve ever experience in my whole entire reading life.

This book isn’t a must read. YOU GUYS. It is a NEED TO READ. If you don’t you pick this one up you are denying yourself unfathomable pleasure. No exaggeration.

45 stars out of 5!!

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